Following the successful introduction of the new Kia Sportage late last year, Kia is now expanding the range with seven new and enhanced derivatives.
Following an examination of their product planning Kia decided to expand the range in order to give customers more choice and most importantly, more value.
The first addition to the Sportage line-up sees the entry level Sportage 2,0 Ignite model gain a six-speed automatic transmission at a marginal premium over the manual derivative.
While an entry-point into the Sportage range, the Ignite model sets the tone for the remainder of the range with its comprehensive list of standard features that include LED daytime running lights, automatic headlight control, rear park distance control, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted controls, to name but a few.
The Sportage Ignite makes perfect sense for those customers that value the size, practicality and versatility of an SUV, but have no real need or desire for too many bells and whistles.
Customers who value style above utility will be happy about the introduction of the new Sporatge Ignite Plus derivatives as this model gains several exterior enhancements, including front fog lights, an upgrade from 16 to 17-inch wheels, while the interior gains an electrochromatic rearview mirror. The Ignite Plus model is available with Kia’s 114kW, 192Nm 2,0 litre petrol engine and is equipped with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
This derivative also marks the debut of the 1,7-litre CRDI engine in the Sportage range as an alternative engine option. This unit produces 85kW at 4 000 revs/min and 280 Nm between 1 250 and 2 750 revs/min and will be available with a six-speed manual transmission
At launch, the Sportage 2,0 CRDI EX was the only mid-spec offering in the range, paired to Kia’s much loved 2,0 litre turbodiesel engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Kia is now expanding the EX model grade with the addition of a 2,0 litre option.
The EX specification grade offers all of the features included in Ignite grade, but adds significant additions such as and electric parking brake, front park distance control, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, a Smart Key with Start/Stop button, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob and electric folding side mirrors with integrated indicators.
Kia is bolstering the EX models with the addition of two new EX Plus derivatives, also with a choice between 2,0 litre petrol and 2,0 litre turbodiesel power, that slot in between the existing EX and SX all-wheel drive models. Taking all of the standard features of the EX models, the EX plus adds 19-inch alloys, electric front seats, a rear-view camera as well as 7-inch touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation.
The remainder of the Sportage line-up remains unchanged, with the 2,4 GDI and 2,0 CRDI SX AWD models and the 1,6 T-GDI GT Line models rounding off the range.
Kia’s market analysis has shown that the bulk of the action in the highly competitive C-SUV segment takes place in a space where customers are spending between R400 000 and R500 000, with three of the new derivatives in the bottom half of this price band and three more under R400 000, Kia are confident that even more customers will now have access to the Sportage model line-up thanks to the exceptional value that these models bring to the range.
The revised Sportage range (with new derivatives in bold):
Sportage 2.0 Ignite Manual R 369,995
Sportage 2.0 Ignite PLUS Manual R 376,995
Sportage 2.0 Ignite Automatic R 382,995
Sportage 2.0 Ignite PLUS Automatic R 389,995
Sportage 1.7 Ignite PLUS Manual R 406,995 (Available from 30 June 2017)
Sportage 2.0 EX Automatic R 429,995 (Available from 30 June 2017)
Sportage 2.0 EX PLUS Automatic R 459,995 (Available from 30 June 2017)
Sportage 2.0 CRDI EX Automatic R 487,995
Sportage 2.0 CRDI EX PLUS Automatic R 517,995
Sportage 2.4 GDI SX AWD Automatic R 557,995
Sportage 2.0 CRDI SX AWD Automatic R 567,995
Sportage 1.6 T-GDI GT Line AWD DCT R 599,995